Atheism Archive

What the Bible Looks Like When Compared to Fantasy Fiction

While comparing the Bible to fantasy fiction is not likely to settle well with about 28 percent of Americans, I did exactly that for On Faith this week.

3 for Thursday: 3 Lessons from that BuzzFeed Map on your Representative’s Religion

When a BuzzFeed map shows your religion controls the country's power-base, then it's time to stop complaining about persecution.

Is Human Morality Found in Our Primate History? A Review of The Bonobo and the Atheist

In "The Bonobo and the Atheist," Frans de Waal challenges religion's top-down morality and explores the similarities of humans, chimps, and bonobos.

3 for Thursday: 3 Studies on the Problem of Religious Identity

New studies say something about religious identity and their perils in family, job prospects in the American South, and in defining a country.

3 for Thursday: 3 Recent Polls Covering Religion and Science

As we draw closer to a presidential election, polls and surveys will go into overdrive, covering everything from religion to science and, well, probably back to religion again.

How to Cure that Nasty Cognitive Dissonance Problem

Cognitive dissonance is that uneasy realization that the world you want and the world you have are two different things....

Challenging the Violent Bible

My first article at On Faith ("Let There Be Violence?") is up. The piece looks at responses to violence in the Bible. Any cursory reading of the Old Testament, for example, turns up several troubling stories, which I mention in the article. There are, of course, several responses to these stories, but in this

Why Religion Eventually Leads to Secularity: A Review of Big Gods

"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."
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